The apricot is a species of Prunus and, as such, belongs to the rose family (Rosaceae). In Armenia the apricot was already well-known and cultivated in ancient times – therefore people often assumed that to be their original home. Some sources locate the genetic origin of the fruit in China, others in India, where cultivation started already 3.000 before Christ. How ever – in any case the home of the apricot lies in Asian.
In China the apricot symbolizes either wisdom, medicine or a beautiful woman. A red apricot refers to a married woman, having an affair. Traditionally apricot kernels are compared with the eyes of a beautiful woman. Due to Confucius the apricot is a symbol for education and wisdom – simply because he used to teach his students sitting underneath an apricot tree.
The kernels are common ingredients of traditional Chinese medicine. Also in Tibet, where a particularly hardy variety is cultivated, the fruit is very appreciated as a vitamin-rich food and also as a supplier for very fine Oil.
> Usage of the symbol
Looking for a symbol for sensuality, women and eroticism, a peach is probably a better choice. The true strength of the apricot symbol lies in the healing arts and the knowledge – even the knowledge of healing arts. The apricot is the ideal symbol for all people working in the field of health care and nutrition or for people who want to influence their own health and knowledge positively. Depending on the focus the best position for the symbol is either the work area and the bagua n° 8 (knowledge and wisdom) or the East and the bagua n°3 (health and family).